Women's Basketball Suffers 69-58 Loss To Creighton

Nov. 17, 2000

OMAHA, Neb. - Led by the efforts of newcomer Jessica Cheeks (Harbor City, Calif.), the USC women's basketball team suffered a 69-58 loss in its 2000-2001 season opener against Creighton on Friday (Nov. 17).

In a game muddled with fouls and team turnovers, the Women of Troy sent Creighton to the line 37 times where the Bluejays shot 67.6 percent (25-37). USC received 18 free throw opportunities and sank 11. From the field, the Trojans converted 22-of-61 shot attempts (36.1), while Creighton hit 21-of-49 (42.9).

The Bluejays also held a 45-34 advantage on the glass, including 31 defensive boards.

Creighton led by as much as nine points at the start of the game, and it was not until Cheeks hit a layup with 2:55 remaining in the first half that the Women of Troy would earn their first lead (27-25). USC increased the gap to four (32-28), but the Bluejays returned to tie the score with no time left. The teams entered the break tied at 32 apiece.

To begin the second half, Creighton went on a 22-7 run and never looked back.

Cheeks posted team-highs in points (10), rebounds (7) and assists (4). Sophomore forward Tennille Grant displayed a career-best performance in just 15 minutes on the court with eight points (4-6) and four rebounds.

Creighton's Angela Timmons poured in 30 points for the Bluejays, including 17-of-21 at the line (the senior alone attempted more free throws than USC).

The Women of Troy remain on the road, traveling to face Drake in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday (Nov. 19) at 2 p.m. CST.

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